MARFORSOUTH Leaders
Brig. Gen. Michael E. McWilliams
Deputy Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces South

Brigadier General McWilliams was born and raised in Downingtown, PA. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and was commissioned in 1994 and assigned as an infantry officer. In 1997, he transitioned military occupational specialties and assigned as a logistics officer.

His operational assignments include: rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, and company executive officer, 1stBn, 5th Marines; company commander and battalion operations officer, 2d Landing Support Battalion; II MEF G-4 assistant strategic mobility officer and aide-de-camp for Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force; S-4 Officer, 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); G-3 Future Operations/Plans Officer and Deputy G-3, 2d Marine Logistics Group; Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 8; Assistant Chief of Staff G-3/5, Marine Corps Logistics Command; and Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2d Marine Logistics Group.

His supporting establishment assignments include: Congressional Fellow, serving as a legislative assistant to Representative Norman Sisisky (4th District of Virginia); Interagency Coordinator/Planner and Deputy Division Chief, Chairman’s Exercise Program, The Joint Staff J-7; and Executive Assistant for Deputy Commandant Installations and Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps.

His military education includes: Infantry Officer Course; Logistics Officers Course; U.S. Army Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course (Commandants List/CASCOM Award); USMC Command and Staff College (Distinguished Graduate); USMC School of Advanced Warfighting; and The Eisenhower School (formerly ICAF).

Brigadier General McWilliams holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University; a Master of Military Studies and Master of Operational Studies from Marine Corps University; and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University.